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Eagles' Homecoming 2009


K-26's First Egg

Watch K-26 lay her first egg of the 2009 nesting season!

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Unhappy Endings...

April 14, 2009 — We are once again sad to report that the second of K-10 and K-26's chicks did not survive.

According to biologists, there is no apparent cause for the loss of both chicks. There are a multitude of possible reasons for young bald eagle chicks to fail to thrive in the wild, and it is unclear whether both of the Pelican Harbor chicks died of the same cause. Given the difficulty in retrieving the chicks from the nest, the potential disruption to the parents and the fact that necropsy rarely determines cause of death in these cases, no necropsy is planned.

And what will happen with K-10 and K-26? While anything is possible, biologists have not known of an eagle to lay a second clutch after sitting on the first clutch to hatching. The pair will likely return sporadically to the Pelican Harbor nest for a couple of weeks, and then they will abandon the nest for the rest of the current season.

While this year's nesting season has not been a success for the Pelican Harbor nest, biologists and eagle cam watchers anticipate the return of K-10 and K-26 to the nest next year. Until then, loyal eagle fans can continue to check the Ventura County Office of Education's online discussion board to keep up to date on what's happening with K-10 and K-26.


New Beginnings...

April 10 — The second chick has finally hatched!

Biologists had been closely observing the adult eagles’ behavior, and based on their movements — and on the sounds heard coming from the egg on Tuesday morning — the scientists believe that K-10 and K-26’s second eaglet broke through its shell most likely late in the day on Tuesday, April 7.

The new chick seems quite active and has been spending much of its time eating — check out the video of K-26 feeding her new offspring.

The new addition to the Pelican Harbor nest is sure to be the center of attention for loyal eagle cam watchers. Keep checking back here for more updates on the new chick’s progress.


The Nature of Things...

April 7 — We are sad to report that the first of K-10 and K-26’s hatchlings did not survive.

Biologists and avid eagle cam fans have now turned their attention to egg #2, in hopes that it will successfully hatch at any time. All eyes have been on the parents, who have been continuing to take turns sitting on the nest. While the second chick has yet to appear, biologists have been observing the adult eagles’ behavior to try to determine when the new eaglet may emerge.

Stay tuned for more up-to-the-minute news, and be sure to keep checking the nest cam — you may see a little fluffy head pop up at any moment!


A Grand Opening...

April 6 — The first chick has hatched! Viewers of the live nest cam heard peeps and observed movements in the early evening on Friday, April 3. Just a few minutes after 7 pm, the chick's little fluffy grey head was visible.

With one more egg remaining, K-10 and K-26 can expect their second chick to hatch any day now. Keep an eye on the nest cam — you could see the hatching live!


Keep Your Eagle Eyes Peeled...

April 2 — It's incubation day 34 and 36 for the two Pelican Harbor nest eggs, and the excitement is building! Institute for Wildlife Studies biologists and loyal eagle cam watchers are eagerly anticipating the hatching of the eggs, and they believe it could happen any day now.

K-10 and K-26 have been diligently taking turns caring for the eggs, turning them and making sure they stay warm. Check out the Ventura County Office of Education's online discussion board to track the eagles' nesting activities and see some great photos.

The clock is ticking, and we hope to welcome the new chicks very soon!


Round Two...

March 2 — K-26 has laid her second egg of the 2009 season!

Bald eagles generally lay their eggs 1–4 days apart. And as hoped, egg number two arrived on Saturday, February 28, at approximately 5:31 pm. Watch the video.


The Best Laid Plans...

February 26 — Pelican Harbor pair K-10 and K-26 have an egg in the nest! The egg was laid on Wednesday, February 25 at approximately 2:22 pm.

Institute for Wildlife Studies biologists, along with committed web cam viewers, will continue to monitor the nest as the parents take turns rolling and sitting on the egg during the approximately 35-day incubation period. Typically, the incoming parent will roll the egg(s) before settling down in their incubating position.

Check out the Ventura County Office of Education’s online discussion forum for more information — and keep watch on the cam!


The Eagles Have Landed...Again!

February 20 — The 2009 eagle web cam is live! Check out the Ventura County Office of Education's online discussion board to read the latest on the eagles.

The eagle web cam monitors the Pelican Harbor nest on The Nature Conservancy’s portion of Santa Cruz Island. Launched in 2006, the web cam has enabled thousands of online visitors to witness rarely seen wild eagle nesting behavior — including the birth of the first wild-born bald eagle chicks on the Channel Islands in more than 50 years!

Right now, staff from the Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS) are searching for breeding pairs and surveying nests for this year’s breeding season.

As many viewers know, one of the two chicks from last year’s nest, A-65 (“Skye”), did not survive the season. However, we are thrilled to report that sibling A-64 — known as “Spirit” — remains well and has been seen soaring the cliffs of Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands.

Parents K-10 and K-26 have been sighted working on the nest — bringing twigs and fluff — so we hope it’s only a matter of time until we see some new eggs. Stay tuned!

Saving the Bald Eagle

In the mid-1990s, bald eagles were on the brink of extinction. In 2002 the National Park Service initiated a program to re-establish the bald eagle on the northern Channel Islands.

With help from partner organizations — the Montrose Settlements Restoration Program, the Institute for Wildlife Studies and the Ventura County Office of Education — the eagles have been reintroduced and are successfully nesting on Santa Cruz Island.

As of 2006, there are estimated to be 40 bald eagles on the northern Channel Islands, and the eagles have officially been removed from the endangered species list. Learn more about the history of the bald eagles on Santa Cruz Island.

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